Natalie Murray Beale 


A versatile conductor of our times, Natalie Murray-Beale moves fluidly between opera, concerts, interdisciplinary projects, film and video game recordings. She has been at the helm of several world premieres and has developed a reputation for her creative leadership.

As Guest Conductor, she has directed the Philharmonia Orchestra, Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse, Beethoven Orchester Bonn, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, Malta Philharmonic, the Britten Sinfonia, BBC Concert Orchestra, Orquestra Sinfónica Portuguesa, the Presidential Orchestra of Turkey, Royal Northern Sinfonia, and the Chamber Orchestra of London. Murray Beale has also worked with the orchestra and chorus of the Teatro Comunale di Bologna, Luxembourg Philharmonic, the Royal Swedish Opera and Bergen Philharmonic.

Murray-Beale has conducted operas for Theater Bonn, the Croatian National Theatre, the Royal Opera House Mumbai, Opera Holland Park, the Royal College of Music, contemporary opera group Tête-â-tête,  award-winning physical theatre company Circa, and Spitalfields Music Festival. 

Her 2019/2020 season featured engagements with Symphony Nova Scotia, Royal Academy Opera, Ulster Orchestra, Ensemble Contrechamps and L’orchestre de Chambre de Genève. In October 2020 she made her conducting debut at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, receiving critical acclaim.

“Musically the performance is also impressive. The Australian conductor Natalie Murray Beale not only conducted the choir and orchestra with malleable colours, but also brought out the multifaceted intricacies of the score”

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
(Theater Bonn / Peter Sellars / John Adams) 

Her performances of A Flowering Tree by John Adams in 2019 made Limelight Magazine’s Best Opera  list. In the same year,  she curated and presented the programme ‘Inside Music’ for BBC Radio 3 and also featured on Classic FM’s Full Works Concert Series, live from the Barbican, conducting a world premiere by Joby Talbot. Further accolades include a Royal Philharmonic Society Award for her performances of the new opera We Are Shadows and a BAFTA nomination, music category, for the video game score Alien:Isolation. Murray Beale was a BBC Performing Arts Fellow in 2015 and was selected the same year by the Dallas Opera for the inaugural Institute for Women Conductors.
  Conducting Britten Sinfonia at the Barbican

Natalie Murray Beale has assisted world-leading conductors, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Ingo Metzmacher and Jérémie Rhorer at Festival Aix-en-Provence, Opéra National de Paris, the Théâtre des Champs-Elysees and the Wiener Festwochen. As Chorus Director she has also collaborated with Valery Gergiev, Sir Colin Davis, Marin Alsop, Daniele Gatti and London Symphony Chorus. She originally trained at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, furthering her studies at the National Opera Studio (London) and with Jorma Panula.

'This strange musical collage should not have worked, but by the end, expertly conducted as it was by Natalie Murray Beale, it proved to be quite gripping.'

Financial Times
(ROH / Katie Mitchell / “A New Dark Age”)

Born in Australia, Murray-Beale  is a Professor at the Royal College of Music (London). Until recently, she was Creative Director of Independent Opera at Sadler’s Wells for several years and remains firmly committed to supporting emerging opera artists, developing new productions and commissioning composers.

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